badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy light yellow color with a white head and little retention. Smell of banana, cooked vegetable, bread, and lemon. Taste has some banana, bread, and clove. Higher end of carbonation, thick, but still medium bodied. Pretty drinkable, and a good beer to drink for the summer. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured cloudy and deep yellow to light golden in color with a moderate white head. The nose was filled with classic aromas of banana and clove, spice and some yeast. In the mouth it was medium-bodied with good weight but also very drinkable. This was really well-balanced and quite drinkable...great start to the long 4th of July weekend!
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from keg @Joe’s NYC Gathering shared by rciesla/Ryan–pours a big foamy white head with cloudy straw color. Aroma is clove/pepper, banana, wheat. Taste is clove/pepper, banana, wheat, some tart fruit. Much milder/thinner than the aroma although no detractors.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (Houston). Good banana aroma. Hazy yellow body with white head. Vanilla and banana flvors were very good. Left a bubble gum aftertaste on palate. Real good hefe was told by local had to try this one glad I did.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2011 Bottle at JoeMcphee’s, Kevin’s party, and a split with BrianK just to finish this one off. Pours a hazy yellow orange body, lovely. A/F is sweet fruity, orange, lemon, spicy pepper, clove and cinnamon. So drinkable think i put a head bomber down in 5minutes wow, i see why all the BA’s go crazy.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
first impression is the aroma, it is nearly all canned pineapple in juice, this is not a slam. suspended yeast and a nice small almost pinpoint carbonation. phenols from the yeast specifically clove and banana.
BuckeyeSammy (609) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at JoeMcphee’s. Unfiltered yellow. Meaty yeast nose. Clean mouthfeel, spicy carbonation. Yeast throughout. Good Hefe.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottled from keg: Cloudy yellow beer. The aroma is musty basement and German yeast ester of banana. Thin bodied with a simple flavor. Papery malt and very mild lemon peel and a late mineral touch. Simple.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz from a keg. Smells like a dopplebock. Light yellow with sulphur in the nose. Plenty of vanilla with some clove but very light, peppery (also very subtle). Merangue flavor like lemon are also there. Solid brew.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A softish pour produces an almost one finger thick, pale, tan tinged head that sits on top of a deeply hazy, straw colored beer. When held up directly to the light it picks up some orange tints, but is still completely opaque. The aroma is quite hearty, lots of yeast notes from, surprise - surprise, actual yeast as well as ample clove notes, a hint of banana and lots of wheat / grain aromas. This last supplies some wheat-tartness, aromas of crushed saltine crackers and a rich, chewy, crushed grain aroma. The tartness accentuates a touch of fruitiness reminiscent of something like a cross between a pear and tropical fruit. This is just very hearty smelling for a HefeWeizen & quite enjoyable, the depth of the grain character is quite nice.
Not as thick as I was expecting based on the rich aromas, instead it has a nice light texture & heft to it like a good HefeWeizen should. I was half expecting / dreading that this was going to be overly under-attenuated, I am quite happy it is not. Perceived sweet notes linger on the palate with a mix of clove and banana notes. Soft and creamy, yet with a prickly carbonation, this beer has a certain viscousness to it that coats the palate, but does not keep this from being light and quaffable. Lightly tart, which accentuates a very soft fruitiness, but mostly plays up the chewy wheat flavors. This has lots of grain character to it; chewy, slightly dried-grass like, a bit of hay, a full wheat grain flavor and a crushed cracker note. The finish has a mix of clove flavors, light hop bitterness and a slight, herbal hop flavor.
As the beer warms a bit the banana flavors become a bit more accented & this accentuates an up front, grain sweetness. This is eminently quaffable; there is just enough sweetness to accentuate some soft fruit, clove and grain character. Really it is the fresh grain character that makes this beer so tasty; I can’t remember having a HefeWeizen that tasted fresher and the vibrant grain character is what is driving this vibrancy. This only gets tastier and more well balanced as it warms up. I am towards the end of my 22oz serving and am finding myself wishing for more; the banana is definitely much more noticeable than the clove that was more noticed at the cooler temps, but it is still not overly much. This is a damn tasty HefeWeizen, a style that I have forgotten how good it can actually be if done correctly; this is certainly one of the finest examples that I have had, my guess is that they use a Decoction mash; there is almost no better way to get such a vibrant grain character into a beer. Fantastic!